Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
A FIRE WITHIN
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! (Rev. 3:15)
In this passage, we see John speaking to the Church of Laodicea. The members had become apathetic in their relationship with God. They had become self-sufficient, not allowing God to work in their lives and they were more focused on living a life based on their own merits. And in that background John goes is saying that living like this is filth in the eyes of the Lord.
We are so blessed to have a Father who loves us so much that He would sacrifice His one and only Son for our sins. We are sinful beings and still God loves us so much. And what does God expect from us? All that God wants from us is to obey him, by living a Christ centered life and to have an intimate relationship with Him. He cherishes each and every moment that we spend with Him. In verse 15-16 you see the words “I know your deeds you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold- I am about to spit you out of my mouth”. God doesn’t want a half-hearted relationship with us. He wants and deserves so much more; He wants us to be on fire for Him!
In everything we do, may we pause… and be in absolute awe of our GOD! He is the Lord who put the stars in their place, and still takes time to know us each by name. From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to sleep we should be one with God. In addition, we should be diving into His Word and finding more about who He is and understanding His will in our lives.
I know personally that I have had moments where I’m in a dull relationship with God, where I just don’t feel like praying or reading. I focus my attention on what is in my power of control. The danger in this is like the members of the Church of Laodicea, you become apathetic and more vulnerable to the evils of this world. We are constantly striving to fulfill our need of more material items, which causes us to lose sight of the numerous blessings that our Father has provided us with. Our eyes become fixed on fulfilling a desire that will never be quenched. This is what lukewarm is and this is what God spews from His mouth! Instead, we should take every moment to delight in the Lord and the riches of His love and allow him into the innermost parts of our heart.
Prayer: Lord, I pray that I may be refined in the fire, and become rich in You! May my heart’s desire be to want a continuous and fruitful relationship with You. Amen.
Ruby Varghese, Detroit Mar Thoma Church